Saturday August 8, 2020

Talks could get prickly as political porcupines face off

Varadkar’s agreement to a second meeting with Martin reinforces the view that Fine Gael is willing to cut a deal, but it could take time

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
25th February, 2020
Micheál Martin is joined by Thomas Byrne as he addresses the media after today’s meeting with Leo Varadkar. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The old joke about how porcupines mate came to mind as Micheál Martin briefed the media today about his meeting with Leo Varadkar.

The answer to that gag – “very carefully” – summed up the mood as to how the two parties’ pre-negotiation negotiations are proceeding.

According to the Fianna Fáil leader, Varadkar repeated Fine Gael’s well-worn line that the party wants to go into opposition.

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